Today we welcome Meathead to the table. Surely you remember the first time we kinda reviewed Smokey’s Seafood Gumbo a year and a half ago? Well, the box has new art, let’s see what Meathead thought about this lovely workaday lunch.
Take it away Meathead!
Well, it’s been almost a year and a half since I first tried Smokey’s Soul in the Bowl Seafood Gumbo. I can’t exactly say I remember what it tasted like before but this time I took notes. Unfortunately, the notes I took went through the wash. Not once but twice. Don’t ask how. It’s embarrassing enough. So I’ll have to go by memory.
Not the same creepy packaging as last time but different. The eyes. What’s wrong with the eyes? Speaking of visuals, I did take notice that after the guaranteed 7 minute prep time I was straddling a moist, steaming hockey puck of Smokey love. A few stirs with the fork revealed a menagerie of colorful ingredients. There’s the hickory red of the andouille, the green of the okra, the random grill scorchies tickling the REAL chicken strips and pink shrimps swimming in a sea of rice. I’d say the colors almost popped. Almost.
The aroma. It had the smell of something from the sea that had been frozen and then thawed in a microwave for 7 minutes. Pretty standard.
The mouthfeel. A little gluey but not so much that it didn’t go down. For 690 mg sodium I actually couldn’t tell there was that much. Which is a good thing. I get frustrated when people exchange flavor for salt. I took a scoop of the okra, pretty good! The shrimp, a little bouncy but it had been nuked, flavor ok! The chicken, decent for frozen food, no processed pressed patty here. A scoop of the andouille and I was all like, Hey! not bad at all. The only problem, you had to have one of the above on your fork at all times. The rice goo was pretty bland without it. I wonder if a thick chicken stock would have helped.
All in all not a bad lunch. Better lunches are out there. But what lunch can you get 2 for 5 bucks, a 50 cent off coupon plus a $3 rebate when you buy Smokey’s newest CD? Oh, BARGAIN!!!
But don’t just take my word for it: